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Old 02-14-2012, 10:00 AM   #1
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It's about 3yrs old and the following light is on and is beeping:

Terminals corroded or battery defective / Clean terminals or replace battery.

However, I don't see any corrosion and the battery looks clean and in working order. I still see/hear a zap when disconnecting/connecting the battery.

Resetting didn't help and still beeping. Would I need a new battery already?

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Old 02-14-2012, 11:23 AM   #2
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What have you done to check the condition of the battery?
Does it have caps on it that can be remove to check water level?
Have you checked it with a volt meter across the terminals?

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What have you done to check the condition of the battery?
Does it have caps on it that can be remove to check water level?
Have you checked it with a volt meter across the terminals?
I've cleaned the terminals anyway with a wire brush and also checked the water level. It's got a separate alarm for low water level so I'm assuming either the battery became too weak or something's wrong with the controller itself. Guess I have to get myself a volt meter.
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A volt meter will not tell you the condition of the battery. Just like a car battery, you need to test it under load.
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Ageed, but would let you know if the charger was working or not and would let him know if the battery even had an exceptable charge.
Load test would be better, but will it work on a dead battery?
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True, it will tell him about the charger.

If the battery is dead then it needs to be replaced anyways. You don't need to load test it.

OP - if you get a volt meter, run the pump while you are measuring voltage. That will at least put it under somewhat of a load. It won't tell you about the capacity of the battery though.

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